Energy Answers sign

Sign announcing Energy Answer's Baltimore incinerator project. (Van Smith / August 1, 2014)

Maryland regulators in June ordered Energy Answers to stop construction at its long-stalled, controversial waste-to-energy incinerator project in Baltimore's industrial Fairfield peninsula, due to ongoing violations of its air permit. City Paper just got an update on the situation from Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson, who explained in an email that, while settlement discussions are continuing, "the company has submitted information that it has obtained emissions offsets to replace those for which it failed to execute the final call option," and "that information is under review." The required emissions offsets are rights to pollute, sold on a per-ton basis, that a company that shuts down a polluting facility can sell to another company that is seeking to operate a new polluting facility.